Olympics Closing Ceremony: Picture Highlights and Evaluation

Feb. 20, 2022, 7:39 a.m. ET

Feb. 20, 2022, 7:39 a.m. ET

Credit score…Doug Mills/The New York Instances

Norway, which received the primary gold medal of the Beijing Video games after which simply saved on successful them for 2 weeks, added its sixteenth and last gold on Sunday within the last cross-country snowboarding race of the Video games.

The entire, a file for one nation at a single Winter Video games, capped a relentless present of multisport dominance by Norwegian athletes that put the nation of 5 million individuals comfortably forward of extra populous rivals like Russia, Germany, Canada and america.

Norway’s 37 medals have been 5 greater than Russia, which completed second within the medals desk, and its 16 golds safely outdistanced Germany’s 12. And whereas a lot of its medals got here in disciplines the nation has lengthy dominated — it received 14 in biathlon, for instance, greater than a 3rd of its complete — Norway additionally confirmed selection by successful in sports activities like ski leaping, Nordic mixed, speedskating and cross-country and freestyle snowboarding

Norway’s first and final medals have been received by the identical athlete: Therese Johaug, who captured the Video games’ first gold within the girls’s skiathlon on the day after the opening ceremony and a last one within the girls’s 30-kilometer freestyle race that ended solely hours earlier than the closing ceremony. In between, Johaug collected a 3rd gold within the 10-kilometer basic occasion.

“I’m so proud and I’m so pleased,” Johaug stated, including, “I used to be so, so pleased 14 days in the past once I acquired my first one, and I can not imagine I ought to have extra.”

Johaug was certainly one of 11 Norwegian Olympians who will go away the Video games with a couple of medal. The biathletes Marte Olsbu Roeiseland (3 gold, 2 bronze) and Johannes Thingnes Boe (4 gold, 1 bronze) led the way in which with 5 every.

With Boe’s older brother, Tarjei, amassing 4 medals of his personal in biathlon, the Boe household ranked thirteenth within the total medals desk, tied with South Korea and simply forward of Finland — to match the cross-country skier Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo. Klaebo had come to China with the long-shot hope of successful six golds; as an alternative, he went house with extra of an assortment: two golds, one silver and a bronze.

“It’s been a tremendous Video games for the entire staff of Norway,” Johaug stated.

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